California’s Governor Gavin Newsom, has left California for a trip to Mexico for the Thanksgiving holidays along with his family. Lt. Governor Eleni Kounalakis will be the acting governor of the Golden State, as is the requirement as per the constitution of the state, when Newsom is away from the state, even if it is for a few hours.
On Monday, the Governor’s office announced that he would be taking a trip out of California to Mexico, with his family during Thanksgiving. He is expected to return to the state on Sunday.
Earlier, on Monday, Governor Gavin Newsom held a news conference in San Francisco. He was visiting a vaccine clinic. He commented on the several smash and grab robberies that had recently taken place in the Bay Area. He said that the thieves should be prosecuted.
He called the robberies “crimes of opportunity” and said that they were “well organized.” He said that the robbers needed “to be held to account.”
A few days earlier, thieves targeted high end luxury stores such as Louis Vuitton and more. They used crowbars to smash and grab luxury goods from several stores in Union Street on Friday. Other stores that reported robberies included Yves Saint Laurent, Burberry, Bloomingdale’s, Jin’s Eyewear and Walgreens on Market Street.
Earlier in the month, Governor Gavin Newsom had faced criticism for not disclosing where he was for a week. The governor of California withdrew his attendance at the high profile climate conference in Glasgow, Scotland, at the last minute saying that he had “family obligations.” His attendance at the international conference had been scheduled well in advance.
Governor Newsom was not seen in public events for 12 days. His office did not respond to queries. Later, Newsom responded saying that he had canceled his trip in order to go trick or treating on Halloween with his four young children.
He said that he was surprised that his critics wondered where he was as he had worked at his office at the Capitol during that period of time. However, this time around his office has announced his absence from California and the U.S., in order to avoid criticism or misunderstandings.